Philanthropy in Action.
What do a black-tie gala, teddy bears and a day on the links have in common? They are examples of philanthropy in action as people in our community have stepped up to support the mission of San Ysidro Health Center (SYHC).
Recently, SYHC held its eighth annual gala, the Black, White & Bling Bash. The event celebrated nearly five decades of service to the community and honored local individuals making a positive impact by protecting and promoting the health and wellness of the community’s underserved populations. Supporters showed philanthropy in action by helping raise over $440,000 for the organization’s mission to continue to provide compassionate high quality health services for children and seniors throughout San Diego County. These gifts came from corporations and individuals who share an interest in ensuring high quality healthcare for all.
Another example of philanthropy in action took place during this year’s National Health Center Week in August. Jocelyn Taylor-Marcus, gala committee member and volunteer, made a donation of 500 plush toys to be distributed to pediatric patients during their visits at SYHC’s various clinic sites. “We have been so impressed by the work done by San Ysidro Health Center around children’s health and the organization’s commitment to quality care,” Jocelyn shared with Giving Back Magazine. “We thought these toys could add to the young patient’s experience.” This donation was her way of showing support to SYHC.
On September 25, 124 golfers will enjoy a day on the links at the San Diego Country Club for the Clásico de Golf, all while helping raise critical funds to support San Ysidro Health Center and patients the organization serves across the county. There are various ways to make an impact for an organization by participating in fundraisers, volunteering or monetary donations or resources.
SYHC has been providing high quality, compassionate, accessible and affordable health care services for the entire family for nearly 50 years, regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. The services and programs provided ranging from pediatrics to geriatrics are critical to the wellbeing of its nearly 100,000 patients and the communities SYHC serves.
As a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), SYHC has been supported by grants in the federal, state, county and city levels, however, governmental priorities can change. To ensure sustainability now and long into the future, SYHC has made a commitment to engaging people in philanthropy. If you are interested in learning more, or would like to support the efforts at SYHC contact Maggie Hannegan, Director of Philanthropy at 619-941-2372.